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Funeral arrangements for legendary Galway GAA player PJ Mahoney announced

He died on December 7th following a car crash
Clodagh Meaney

Funeral arrangements for legendary former GAA player PJ Mahoney have been announced.

Patrick Joseph Mahoney, who was in his late 70s died on December 7th when his car collided with another vehicle a short distance from his home at Kiltartan in south Co Galway.

A man in his 30s was injured in the accident, but his injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

PJ Mahoney will be reposing at Monahan's Funeral Home, Labane, Ardrahan, on Friday, 10th of December 2021, from 5pm to 7pm.

His funeral cortège will then leave his son Patrick's residence on Saturday morning, the 11th of December, and travel to St. Teresa's Church, Labane, for his funeral mass at 12pm followed by burial afterwards in Labane Cemetery.

PJ's wife Marie died on November 1st following an illness, they are survived by their six children and 10 grandchildren.

Marie Mahoney

Marie Mahoney

Gardaí at Loughrea have appealed for witnesses or drivers who may have dashcam footage which might assist their investigations.

The N18 between Adrahan and Gort was closed in both directions following the accident which happened at Kiltartan shortly after 3.30pm when two cars collided. Both drivers were the sole occupants of their vehicles.

The road was closed overnight, as Forensic Collision Investigators examined the scene.

Driving conditions in the area were poor at the time as Storm Barra gripped the west coast, with strong winds and heavy rain when the accident happened.

The death of Mr Mahoney, a farmer from Tulira in Ardrahan, caused widespread shock throughout the area as the family were well known for their involvement in sport and community projects.

PJ Mahoney was the goalkeeper on the Ardrahan team which won the Galway senior hurling championship in 1974, ’75 and ’78.

The chairman of Galway GAA, Pat Kearney said that the death of the popular farmer and sportsman had caused widespread shock.

“It’s a terrible tragedy for the Mahoney family, the second time in a month that they have had to deal with a death in the family and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time,” Mr Kearney said.

“PJ and his family are steeped in the GAA and gave wonderful service not just to the organisation but to farming and many different activities in the community. It’s unreal and people are stunned by what’s happened.”

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